Nathan Lyon hopes to return to England for 2027 Ashes series

'I feel like having this injury, coming home and watching the guys play the three Test matches has really driven me to get back there,' Nathan Lyon said.

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Star Australian spinner Nathan Lyon had a roller coaster of a series in the Ashes 2023. The spin spearhead looked to be in sensational form in the first game of the marquee series, as his eight wickets in the first Test were crucial for the Aussies to win the game. However, his Ashes campaign was cut short after he sustained a calf injury in the second Test of the series.

Unfortunately, his injury proved to be more serious than initially thought. His calf injury rendered him out of the rest of the series, and youngster Todd Murphy had to fill in for him. However, many know Lyon’s determination towards the game, and the 35-year-old showcased just that as he came forward to state that he is looking forward to returning to England for the Ashes in 2027. It is worth noting that Lyon will be 39 years old in 2027, and he opined that watching the Ashes 2023, rejuvenated that hunger inside him.

"I tell you one thing, I’m definitely not joking about going back to (the) Ashes, I feel like having this injury, coming home and watching the guys play the three Test matches has really driven me to get back there and make sure I’m back playing cricket," Nathan Lyon told SEN’s The Run Home.

My hunger for the game has probably gone to a new level: Lyon

Furthermore, Nathan Lyon revealed that his injury layoff has helped him relax and set new goals for himself. Despite being 35 years old, the star spinner opined that he has a lot of wickets left in him and that he can offer a lot to the national team.

"My hunger for the game has probably gone to a new level, this has allowed me to have a little bit more time off during my rehab, sit back, reflect, reset some goals, and find a really decent purpose for me," Lyon said.

"I’m definitely not writing off going back to England for the Ashes—the finish line for me hasn’t even popped up in my eyesight yet, I’ve still got a lot of cricket left in me in my eyes and a lot to offer the Renegades, New South Wales cricket, but also Australia," he concluded.

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